Margaret Thatcher Named "Most Influential" Woman of the Past 200 Years

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Dec 01, 2015 5:10 PM
Margaret Thatcher Named "Most Influential" Woman of the Past 200 Years

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been named the "most influential" woman of the past 200 years in a new poll. Physicist and Nobel Laureate Marie Curie, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst came in second through fifth, respectively.

From The Express:

The survey of 2,000 people was carried out to mark the 200th anniversary of Scottish Widows who joined forces with historian and author Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to identify the women who have been most influential in shaping society.

The top 10 is completed with the inclusion of matron saints Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria, Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey.

Dr Lipscomb said: "The top 10 is an impressive list of women - each of them was or has been responsible for or overseen real change, but in addition nearly every one of them has some symbolic importance beyond their own person.

"What's evident overall is that the women chosen are not flashes in the pan. Thatcher, Pankhurst, Curie are women who can be referred to by one name. They have been chosen because they were and are game-changers. This is the definition of influential that emerges."

Rosa Parks, who came in at ninth, was the highest-ranked American woman.